Hounslow Council has secured a confirmed National Lottery grant of £3,734,200 for the restoration of Boston Manor House, following a successful second stage bid application.
Boston Manor House, in Brentford, is a Grade I Listed, Jacobean manor-house with its oldest parts dating back to 1623. The house is one of the earliest examples of the English Renaissance style.
The heritage restoration project entitled ‘Boston Manor: Engaging with the 21st Century’, aims to fully restore the Grade I listed Boston Manor House, currently on the ‘Heritage at Risk’ Register, to its former glory, while equipping it to meet the needs of the modern day. The works will include structural and building repairs and the installation of a lift to improve accessibility to all parts of the house.
Additionally, the Temple Trust, a landscape history charity, proposes to open its first ever public premises – an office and research facility – in the Service Wing of the House from 2021.
Visitors will see better resources and displays depicting stories of the manor house and the people who passed through it over its 400-year history. A dedicated temporary exhibition space will ensure that there’s always something new for visitors to see, along with the addition of a new café and shop area.
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of London Borough of Hounslow, said: “This is tremendous news for Hounslow and Brentford residents, as well as the many users of Boston Manor Park. The restoration will make sure this hidden gem in Hounslow is made safe for the future and enjoyed fully by generations to come. We’re delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players.”
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund said: “I am thrilled Boston Manor has been awarded £3.7m National Lottery funding. Heritage makes a huge difference to people and the places they live. It will be exciting to see how this fantastic project progresses and the positive effect it has on the local community now that funding has been confirmed.”